"How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds" by John Newton (1774).
From our Daniel Harold comes word that our long-awaited redesigned site navigation is now live on Hymnary.org. The new mobile-friendly navigation interfaces were designed and implemented by Zach DeCook and Joel Stehouwer with contributions from Ann Brown. Give it a spin and let us know what you think!
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Phil de Haan, Hymnary newsletter editor
Web developer Micah Ng has been working fulltime for Hymnary since May 2018 after graduating from Calvin with degrees in computer science and mathematics. Prior to that, Micah was a Hymnary intern, working with the website since the summer of 2014 on a fulltime basis in the summers and parttime during the school years. He now works for both Hymnary.org and sister site preachingandworship.org.
Hymnary director Harry Plantinga added his perspective to an RNS piece by Adelle Banks in August 2018, speaking to the climate(s) in which hymns arise. Here's the pertinent section with Harry:
Harry Plantinga, director of Hymnary, a 10-year-old online index of hymnals, said the Hymn Society’s conference — held in St. Louis, where the Black Lives Matter movement developed — featured speakers including a Cuban hymn writer and the publisher of African-American hymnals whose songs speak to injustice in the Americas.
Author: P. P. Bliss (1876)
Daniel Harold is one of the many behind-the-scenes people who keeps Hymnary humming. Among a myriad of daily duties for Daniel is reviewing and testing the code written by other developers to make sure it will work well before it is deployed to Hymnary.org. This could be anything from code that adds new features to bug fixes. He's also responsible for properly working servers, automatic backups, disk space and much, much more.
"Breathe on Me, Breath of God" by Edwin Hatch (1878)